My work evolves from an intimate connection to place and reflects a deep sense of knowing that place. Walking, observing, and gathering are daily rituals that require a commitment to careful observation. Slowing down in order to comprehend the complexity of patterns, surfaces, and colors – these observations inform my practice. Drawing and mark making are an intrinsic part of my work. Mimicking the process of drawing on paper, I push into the surface of copper with small steel punches in order to create raised lines and dots. Using enamel in an untraditional approach I sift numerous fine layers of vitreous glass that I alter and abrade. The unpredictability of the process and the material creates subtle and delicate variations within the raised surface, reminiscent of frost or sand.
Impermanence and the fleeting moments that take us by surprise are the foundation of this exploration. The round forms that I use repeatedly convey a sense of enclosure and encirclement. The mark making, comprised of repetitive lines and dots, reference surfaces and textures from my environment. Through these marks, I endeavor to document bird tracks, patterns of needles, stitching, and frost structures. Additionally, these marks create a language or code. This is an invented language, a code that affords me to have a dialogue with the natural world. I consider my work, especially when viewed as collective, as an archive that documents my experience and observations while walking in nature, much like a biologist records field notes.